By JAMES BROWN
Glasgow Daily Times
Football games have three phases — offense, defense and special teams. The third, often overlooked, phase proved to be crucial for the Monroe County Falcons on Friday night.
John Stone Proffitt picked up a shanked punt and carried the ball into the end zone in the third quarter. Quarterback Chad Wilson powered in for a two-point conversion with 2:08 left in the period. The game was tied at 20-all.
In the fourth quarter, the special teams struck again when Zack London punted and the ball died at Paducah Tilghman’s two-yard line. Two plays later, the Tornado’s Trevante Coleman was hit in the end zone and the ball popped out of his hands. Tanner Strode recovered the ball in the end zone for his team’s winning score.
For good measure, Wilson hit Proffitt on the two-point conversion pass and set the final score at 28-20. The Falcons will host South Warren in the regional final next Friday at home in Tompkinsville. It will be their fourth regional title game in five years, despite struggling offensively against Paducah this week.
“At halftime, one of the coaches said we didn’t practice the pass much this week, what are we going to do?” Monroe head coach John Petett said with a laugh.
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